Food Prep 101
A 4 minute read
The key to Success
When following your PLT plan, the number one key to success is to eat your coach allocated calories. The best way to do this is to plan your day ahead of time, entering your food into your tracking app so you know what and how much to eat to meet your targets. Preparing food is an important part of your weekly process and a worthy investment of your time.
You have likely seen on social media beautifully created meals that ‘fit your macros’ and dreamed of opening your fridge and finding neat containers stacked and ready for you to heat and enjoy….this is NOT required at all but as with anything, it’s down to personal choice…
Whether you are cooking/prepping for just yourself or you have a family of ravenous active teen athletes to cook for the process is the same:
Protein is the nutrient you want to be sure you always have on hand as it is where you start your planning everyday; plan ahead spreading your allotted amount of protein throughout the day to keep you satiated and then add in carbs and fat according to your numbers.
PLT has created two videos on how to plan your day. Please review the links below for your appropriate tracking app:
My Fitness Pal
What you cook is entirely up to you and your family’s tastes, PLT recommends you eat lean proteins when on a weight loss plan; here are some great suggestions to start the ball rolling:
CARBS…are vegetables carbs?? Why yes, yes they are but let’s start with our starchy carbs:
And now the ‘other’ very important carbs – VEGGIES!
Not all vegetables store well when prepped ahead so PLT recommends purchasing convenient steam bags of fresh veggies from the produce dept. at your grocery store as they are great time savers on busy weeknights! Here are a handful of easy to prep ahead veggies that keep for several days at least:
So, how are you going to make all this food without it taking all day?
As your food cooks, break out your containers; there are two different ways to store your delicious prepped food:
Although not actual food prep, having some basics on hand is the last step to ensuring a successful week. As with anything, this is down to personal preference and your individual nutritional needs but here are some goodies to always have on hand:
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I'm Paul Leonard, CEO & founder of PLT Nutrition.